End of the O.W.L.s readathon

Hello witches or wizards,

It’s the end of the readathon! Last Thursday was the last day of the readathon and I hope y’all read a lot this month. πŸ˜‰

I finished the Opposite Of Always by Justin A. Reynolds and Children Of Blood And Bone by Tomi Adeyemi! Both were great reads by the way.

The Opposite Of Always was a really funny book. The way Justin A. Reynolds built the story to reveal the moral of it was great. I really enjoyed reading Jack and Kate scenes with their cereal addiction which were often cute and funny. This book is in my opinion underrated and deserves more hype. I enjoyed the time travel a lot which I had never read in a book before. I also really like that Jack doesn’t only need to save KateΒ during the time-traveling but he also needs to help his friends. At one point I was a bit confused but it became clearer at the end.

With Children Of Blood And Bone it was different. Because in the beginning I wasn’t so sure I was going to love this book, but the more I read it the more I loved it. The whole time, especially at the end, things happened that I did not expect at all. So I was always surprised, which is a great thing. I love the magic system this book has and I love the romances in it too. My favorite characters are definitely Amari and ZΓ©lie. On the other hand, I have really mixed feelings about Inan. One thing that bugged me a little was that Amari, although she’s one of my favorite characters, talked a lot about Binta. And I do understand why, but still, every single Amari chapter has the name ‘Binta’ in it.

That’s it! I had a great reading month because I read books that were on my TBR for a while now. I hope you read a lot this month. How was your readathon? Tell me in the comments!

And I’m happy to announce that I passed my O.W.L.s as broom maker!

Bye, -ChH

 

O.W.L.s readathon update

Hello witches or wizards,

How are y’all doing? It’s finally time for my readathon update, just telling you how my reading has been.

I’ve read two books so far, Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon and The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid.

The two of them were great books but if I had to choose I’d say TSHOEH is my favorite of the two. I loved how you learned what it was like to be a woman and part of the LGBTQ+ community in the 1950’s and what it was like behind the scenes of the film business back then. There was a major plot twist in TSHOEH that I did not see coming, I really loved this book, but at one point during one of the marriages it got a little “boring” I wanna say. It’s just that she wasn’t in the film business as much anymore and so I got less interested but there was still this mystery that kept me reading which did not disappoint me at all. And I loved the romance in this book, like, really loved.

My experience with Everything, Everything was totally different but not in a bad way. I had already seen the movie so I knew what was going to happen but it was still worth the read. I’m more attached to this story now that I’ve read the book. I loved Maddy, Olly and Carla. The titles of the mini chapters were great, they were one of the things that just made the book a little better. Just like The Sun Is Also A Star, this was a quick read and the way Maddy sees the world made me think of how beautiful it is.

I changed Beauty Queens with The Opposite of Always because I’m participating in another reading challenge from HWC Fierce Readers Or Not (if you speak French go and check it out πŸ˜‰ ) and so I can “kill two birds with one stone” I think it is? I’m about 150 pages in and got the feeling I’m going to love it. This book is hilarious, I promise πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜€ I haven’t finished it yet (I’m not even half-way through) but I think I’m going to think it’s underrated (if you can follow πŸ˜‰ ).

That’s it for this update! Let me know in the comments how your readathon is going and if you couldn’t participate just let me know how your reading is overall!

Bye, -ChH

O.W.L.s readathon

Hello witches or wizards,

So, about a month ago I saw a video from ReadbyzoeΒ (a great booktuber) where she was participating at an O.W.L.s April readathon that seemed really fun. I was really bummed I didn’t know about it and so couldn’t participate. But then I thought and was like, maybe I can just do it in July.

Everything will be the same, except that there won’t be any events. And I’ll post some updates about my reading during the whole month. You guys can let me know in the comments how your reading will be.

Here is how the readathon works: during one month you read as many books as you can/want. Each book comes from a Hogwarts class. For example: transfiguration = a book Β with sprayed edges or a red cover. Or ancient runes = a retelling. I’m just making one change, arithmancy is normally a work written by multiple authors. But I don’t own any books written by multiple authors or have any on my tbr. So, I changed that to arithmancy you can choose between a work written by more than one authors or a work with multiple points view.

Book Roast (the Booktuber who organized the whole readathon) made a file with all the wizarding careers possibilities there are. Per career possibility you need to pass a number of Hogwarts classes (by reading a book in the “theme”).

Here is the video from Book Roast where she explains everything. You should really check it out, there you can find and print the career file. She explains everything one more time really well and don’t forget, in this readathon there won’t be any events.

This readathon will take place from June 25th to July 25th.

If you haven’t done the readathon before you can do it with me for the first time and if you have, you can do it again and try out a new wizarding career.

If I’m not wrong there will also be the N.E.W.T.s in August, but that’s when I’m in holiday without any WIFI. If I have time, I’ll do it and will then post an update about it at the end of the month.

I hope you will all join me in this readathon!

Bye, -ChH

 

 

My Harry Potter Bookshelf

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Hello witches or wizards,

Today I’m presenting to you my Harry Potter bookshelf (I know, what a surprise, the title didn’t give it away at all πŸ˜‰ ).

So let’s start off with the books:

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First of, I know, I know, I don’t have the Crimes of Grindelwald screenplay. Who am I?! I’m just afraid that it won’t fit next to my other books, but I will buy it someday (I hope). There’s a second copy of the chamber of secrets on top of the rest of the books for no reason at all. I found it once, took it and put it on top of the books. Now it’s there and it doesn’t bother me, so I leave it there.

Now, we move on to the wands:

Of course I have Hermione’s wand, who’s shocked? No one, as I expected πŸ˜€ . I love that girl sooooo much, and her wand is beautiful! And then I have my wand, the one I got at the Universal Studio’s. I’ll cherish them both forever. πŸ˜‰

Next, we have the chocolate frog cards:

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When I bought Chocolate Frogs I was so happy because I got great cards as you can see. The ones I’m the most grateful for are the one with Helga Hufflepuff (of course, as a proud Hufflepuff πŸ˜‰ ) on it and the Albus Dumbledore one (of course, as a proud Hogwarts student πŸ˜‰ ). And it was actually quite interesting to receive the Bertie Bott card because not a lot of people have it.

After that there is a chocolate frog “box” (I don’t know how to call it):

I really like this one, it’s made out of ceramic and it’s really, really nice. I don’t have much to say about it. Of course it didn’t come with a chocolate frog or card in it, it’s just a display peace. But a really nice one.

And, lastly, I just have some bits and bots to show you that make up some of the details:

At the far left you can see a book holder (in the picture at the beginning of the post you can see that it’s on both sides of the books). When I saw it in the shop, I was thinking: “These ones are nice πŸ˜€ “. And when I was putting my shelf together it ended up there which I think is great because it fits well with the theme.

Next we have a keychain of Hermione that my mom managed to put there. I love Hermione and love this keychain so I’m really happy with it there.

Then we have the Ollivander box my wand came in. I wanted to keep the box and it was nice in the back next to the golden leaf so I left it there, and again it fits really well.

And last of the last, Harry’s glasses that were from a costume that we had for so long. Even before I read the series, and I think the costume was my brother’s. And under that there is a Gryffindor coaster that I got from a bookshop when I bought the Cursed Child.

That is it, thanks for reading my post. Hope you liked it! And see you next time (I can’t really “see” you, but you get it πŸ˜‰ )!

Bye, – ChH

How Harry Potter came into my life.

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Hello witches or wizards,

A few months ago I read a great post from The Bookaholic called My journey with: Harry PotterΒ . Make sure to check it out, it’s great. And I thought maybe I could also do a post of how Harry Potter came into my life.

Here is how it all began. I was about 8 years old, I think, and for Christmas me and Β my family watched all the Harry Potter movies. Each night we watched one. I remember that my mom told me that the movies were based on really popular books. And 8 year old me was like: ‘Those must be big books! I don’t think I’ll ever read them.’ Little did I know back then that I would have a blog about it later, that’s how much I loved the books. πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜€

Some years later I had forgotten the movies. I remembered that I saw them, but I didn’t remember what they were about. What you need to know is that I take the bus to school and I always sit next to my friend. She was reading the Harry Potter series and she loved it so much she read it in the bus each morning. And I was like: ‘Those must be really good books.’ So I began reading them, and loved them!

That’s how Harry Potter came into my life! I hope you liked it! πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜€

Bye, -ChH

 

The Crimes of Grindelwald – movie review

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Hello witches or wizards,

Today I’m going to talk about the new fantastic beasts movie The Crimes of Grindelwald.

*warning, this post contains spoilers*

So, when I got out of the movie theater I had a lot of thoughts at the same time. We’re going to discuss them one by one.

The first one was: Theseus is cute! I know that wasn’t the most important thing that happened in the movie, but it needs to be said.

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And the second one was (don’t worry, this one is about the story of the movie): What just happened, Credence and Dumbledore are brothers??? When did that happen? Well, I can actually answer myself, it happened at the end of the movie. But, like, huh? Nagini was totally right. It’s not where he comes from that is important, it’s who he wants to be. But I understand that he wants to know.

The third one was: Queenie, oh Queenie, Queenie, Queenie. Why? Why? If you go into that fire it won’t be with Jacob. And guess what? She went into the fire. Queenie I love you, your a great character and I understand that it’s not easy that you can’t be with Jacob, the person you love. But Grindelwald won’t help you with that. (That was my little conversation with her in my head. πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜€ )

The fourth one was: Thank god we’ve got Nicholas Flamel and Leta Lestrange, ’cause I don’t know what we would have done without both of them!

The fifth one was: All these new beasts are so cool! They are so beautiful, the little nifflers for example, and the zouwu! I am a big fan of the zouwu!

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The sixth one (I told you I had a lot of thoughts) was: Talking about beasts, thank you Niffler! Wouldn’t have been able to win this war without you!

And that was it, I hope you enjoyed my post. I really liked this movie, and I really liked the “You have eyes like a salamander.” moment from Tina and Newt. πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜€

Bye, -ChH

Harry Potter Snacks I Tasted

Hello witches and wizards,

I’m back! If you’re wondering where I’ve been, here’s the answer: I’ve been on vacation for a month. But I’m back now with loads of posts. πŸ˜€

During my vacation I went to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, and I have a lot to tell you about. I will make one post about Ollivander’s, one will be a haul and one about my experience with tips and reviews (if one day you’ll want to go there Β you’ll be prepared ;-).

But today I’m writing a post about what I tasted there. From my favorite to my least favorite.

My favorite food were the Exploding Bonbons:

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They were my favorite food not just because they tasted good but because they really exploded in your mouth. That made them really magical, the most magical of all the food.

My second favorite was the Butterbeer:

I was surprised I liked the Butterbeer because I’m not a fan of caramel, but it didn’t stop me from liking it. I didn’t take a whole cup because I won’t be able to finish it so I just tasted from my dad’s cup. My dad also said: “It’s just how I imagined it in the books.” And I agree with him. We took the frozen one because I did some research and apparently it’s the best of them all.

My third favorite is the chocolate frog:

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First of all I’m so happy because I bought one for me, my brother and my cousin and they both gave me their cards. So now I have Albus Dumbledore, Helga Hufflepuff and Bertie Bott! πŸ˜€ I love the packaging of all the sweets, but my favorite one is the one of the chocolate frog. The chocolate frog is just chocolate in the shape of a frog, but it’s huge and it takes more than a day to be able to finish it! πŸ˜€ .

 

My fourth favorite is Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans:

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These sweets were my fourth favorite and they were tasty, but because of what Dumbledore had said I was afraid to get the bad ones. I had some bad ones but also good ones, and the good ones were the tasty ones.

And my last favorite sweets were the Fudge Flies:

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They were my least favorite because I didn’t like the chocolate that much. I was expecting that they were filled with soft chocolate on the inside, but they were just chocolate. And the chocolate was not as tasty as the chocolate frog.

That was it, I hoped you liked it πŸ˜€ It was really fun writing this post, I enjoy being back!

Bye, -ChH